From my neighborhood of Coconut Grove, glorious sunsets are a short 10 minute drive to Bill Baggs State Park in Key Biscayne. I don’t always take the time to drive over, but every time I am there, I simply want to capture it forever.
I am so thankful to live in an environment that is beautiful most of the year. (Shhhh… don’t tell the snowbirds that it is 10 degrees hotter on average in their Northern cities during the Summer.) We are graced by sea breezes and Tropical rains that turn an afternoon nap into a sensual summertime luxury.
The sunsets are magnificent, day after day. If I could find a way to “bottle” the peaceful feeling of watching the sunlight dance upon the ripples, the venture might be a profitable alternative to anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills. The salty scent of the ocean air, the sounds of the waves and the waving palm fronds cause all the pressures of life to simply melt away.
When I see the sun rays bursting out of the clouds in full glory, I feel a sense of joy and utter gratitude!
Peace is as simple as a sunset… Enjoy!
So, Halloween is past us and some of us are figuring out how to get creative with Leftover Halloween Candy. Next up we have Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving… While we celebrate Thanksgiving with copious amounts of food and a cornucopia of harvest treats, the true meaning of giving thanks can sometimes take a back-seat to a day of family feasting, parades and a long-weekend of football.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it is a day of gratitude for the grace and bounty in our lives. But this year, I want to try to make it a habit to be more thankful for the small blessings in life. So this year, I am going to be participating in a 30-day blogging challenge and endeavoring to express gratitude on a daily basis.
First, I want to thank Patrick Barbanes for inspiring this post and for the journey along the next 30-days. He is the author of 2 blogs, ReallySimpleSocialMedia.com and AdvantageMaddie.com, which is a Junior Tennis blog. I look forward to reading his posts and those of other bloggers who might join us in this challenge.
Gratitude is one of the most appreciated forms of expression. There is a magical reciprocity that happens when people start to genuinely recognize each other for their gifts. It’s so easy to let those moments when the timing for gratitude is perfect just slip away. And then it racks up into a collection of lost opportunities to give joy back to the giver. I am definitely guilty of letting thoughtful intentions turn into thoughtlessness and this challenge might be a good way to sharpen me into person more generous with my gratitude.
If this rings true for you too, I invite you to join in with us on this #ThirtyDaysofThanks challenge. Thank you again, Patrick Barbanes for initiating this challenge…